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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

still training

We are still in training here in Michigan. We have been learning a lot! I sure hope we can remember it all :-).
There is one other couple working for the company as roving managers and Rudee called them and picked their brains a little. They really like the work and are enjoying themselves. They welcomed us aboard and gave us all their contact information offering their help whenever we needed it.
Our training at this site will be completed today and then we train for two days at a nearby site. Friday we don't know where we will head. Talking to the other roving team this is somewhat normal and you will only get 24-48 hours notice when moving to a new site. This will be something new to us but we are "mobile" so it is not really a problem,

Here is Rudee hard at work learning how to complete one of the many reports that are required each month.

Last week when we had our tires mounted the technician could not get the winch that holds the spare tire to work correctly. We just put it into the back of the Dakota temporarily but I wanted it back under the 5er out of the way. Saturday I got the chance to take a look at the winch. Unfortunately it was beyond repair and I needed to do something different. With Rudee's help I removed the winch and crank handle figuring I could put some bolts through the cross member that the winch was mounted to and attach the spare to that. We made a run to the hardware store and bought the longest bolts they had a the necessary nuts and washers. Once we got these installed we found that the bolts were about 2" short. Rats! Back to the hardware and I bought some threaded rods called "allthread" and a few more nuts and washers.
That did the trick and we were able to get the spare mounted again! :-)

Sunday we headed west to visit Mike and Les Kennedy who are fellow fulltimers and have been staying nearby.

They visited us in Terre Haute before heading to Michigan where Mike decided to have a heart attack :-o. Luckily they were close to good medical care and, after getting a stint, he is well on his way to a full recovery.
They had made arrangements to meet Jim and Sandy at their "summer home" in Dimondale Michigan for a cook out. We enjoyed spending the day with them and getting to know Jim and Sandy.

The weather has turned a little cooler, I guess it is just a reminder that summer will soon be over :-(. I am not looking forward to the cold and snow but we'll take it as it comes :-). I'll keep you posted.

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